Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 12, 2019

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Water Body Report
ALAN HENRY FAIR. Water clear 82–86 degrees; 3.39’ low. Largemouth bass are good to excellent on topwater poppers in the morning, spinners and crankbait. Crappie are slow on jigs. Catfish are slow on live bait.
AMISTAD GOOD. Water stained; 88–92 degrees; 32.49’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwater, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large topwaters. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, and nightcrawlers under a cork in 6–15 feet. Flathead catfish are good on trotlines, droplines, and throwlines on live perch. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican Fishing License.
ARROWHEAD FAIR. Water stained; 80–85 degrees; 1.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.
ATHENS GOOD. Water clear; 85–89 degrees; 0.70’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigged baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with some cover or structure. All catfish are good minnows and stinkbait. Trotlines are good with live bait.
AUSTIN FAIR. Water close to clear; 84–89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs, and spinners below 8 feet deep. Bass continue to be slow on Texas rigs and shakyheads. sunfish are fair on weighted jigs, cut worms, and corn. Flatheads and blue catfish are good on liver plus blood baits and nightcrawler worms. Trotlines with live bait are also fair for all species of catfish.
BASTROP FAIR. Water stained; 84–89 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on light colored spinnerbaits and mid to deep water crankbaits in a minimum depth of 12 feet. Crappie have picked up to fair on jigs and live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepped stinkbait in almost all levels.
BELTON FAIR. Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.80’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on live bait? and soft plastic worms. Hybrid stripers are fair on live shad. White bass are slow but have been hitting Alabama rigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait.
BENBROOK FAIR. Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 6.07’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigged worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on livebait. Sunfish are good with prepared bait pellets or cut worms.
BOB SANDLIN GOOD. Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.80’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwater frogs at sunrise and deeper baits are good during the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair with live prepped and bait .
BRIDGEPORT FAIR. Water clear; 84–88 degrees: 2.62’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged crawfish, crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
BROWNWOOD Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.73’ low. Largemouth bass are good on rat–L–traps and plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on striper jigs. White bass and crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies near brush. Catfish have been good on prepared bait, and shad baited trot lines have been successful recently.
BUCHANAN GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 1.94’ low. Largemouth bass are good on lighter colored spinnerbaits and Texas rigged thicker worms. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and Rat–L–Traps in schools of bait fish. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on weighted crappie jigs and live minnows. All catfish are good on live and stinkbait.
CADDO GOOD TO FAIR. Water stained; 88–91 degrees; 0.05’ high. Largemouth bass are good on topwater frogs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on lighter minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait. Trotlines have been successful this time of year with goldfish.
CANYON LAKE FAIR. Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on trolling and popper topwater tackle early and late in the day. Plastic worms as well as lizards have also attracted largemouth bass. Crappie are fair with weighted jigs, and white bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on jigs and live shad. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepared bait.
CEDAR CREEK GOOD. Water barely stained; 85–89 degrees, 1.30’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shady spots. Catfish are good all stinkbait. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps following schools of bait fish.
CHOKE CANYON FAIR. Water stained; 84–90 degrees; 16.09’ low. This past week’s weather helped with largemouth bass that are good in shallow water on frogs, topwaters, and shallow bass jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. All catfish are good on live bait in 5–15 feet.
CONROE FAIR. Water stained; 82–88 degrees; 2.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on light colored Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and liver flavored prepared bait.
COOPER Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 0.83’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas rigged craws and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers and white bass are good on slabs.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 1.61’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, light colored spinners, and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait.
FALCON FAIR. Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 35.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms and bass jigs. Smaller spinnerbaits in shallower water have also been successful. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are great on cut bait and stinkbait. Remember to stay on the Texas side unless you possess a Mexican fishing license.
FAYETTE FAIR. Water stained. 83–88 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps early and late. Redear sunfish are fair on worms and grubs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. All other catfish are good on shad.
FORK FAIR. Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.97’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, bumping artificial worms, and spinners. While slow some large 8–10lb fish have still been caught the past week. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL FAIR. Water stained; 78–86 degrees; 1.20’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait.
GRANBURY FAIR. Water lightly stained; 83–89 degrees; 0.17’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on light colored spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good around the dam and on the humps in 22 to 27 foot with live bait. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and light–colored jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait.
GRANGER GOOD. Water stained; 83–89 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are good at the southwest narrows on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigs. White bass are fair on spoons along humps. Crappie are good on weighted jigs early in the day. All catfish are good on minnows and shad.
GRAPEVINE FAIR. Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.09’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and plastic bass baits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait.
HOUSTON COUNTY GOOD. Water stained; 88–92 degrees; 0.36’ low. Largemouth bass are good on soft plastics, deep crankbaits, and spinners. White bass are slow except with cover. Crappie are fair on minnows. Sunfish are good on live worms. Catfish are good on minnows, worms, shad, and stinkbait.
HUBBARD CREEK FAIR. Water stained; 78–87 degrees; 1.32’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbait and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, and live and cut shad.
JOE POOL FAIR. Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 1.88’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, and plastic craws. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepped bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES GOOD. Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.26’ high. Largemouth bass are good on top water frogs, Texas rigged creature baits, and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
LAVON FAIR. Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees: 2.77’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, shallow crankbaits, and spinners. Having had some success with Alabama rigs for bass. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait.
LBJ GOOD. Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.76’ low. Largemouth bass and crappie are fair around cover and structure with most crank and spinner baits for bass and weighted jigs and small minnows with crappie. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs and minnows. Crappie are good on weighted jigs and minnows with structure. Channel catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. Flathead and blue catfish are fair on live bait with trot.
LEWISVILLE GOOD. Water stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.79’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Texas rigged plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and jug lines.
LIMESTONE FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater poppers, plastic worms, and deeper diving crankbaits and spinners. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
LIVINGSTON FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84–90 degrees; 0.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good on spoons and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait.
MARTIN CREEK FAIR. Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 2.26’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on live bait or prepared bait. Trotlines have shown success with live bait.
MEDINA FAIR. Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 3.93’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on trolling and popper topwater tackle early, and plastic worms as well as lizards. Crappie are fair with weighted jigs, and along with white bass, are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live shad. Smallmouth bass are fair on white grubs and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait.
MEREDITH FAIR. Water clear; 78–85 degrees; 47.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigs, and weightless flukes. They have been moving to structure more than normal. Walleye are being caught on live bait and artificials. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait.
NASWORTHY FAIR. Water stained; 75–83 degrees; 0.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinners, squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows in deeper, cooler water. Catfish are fair on minnows and prepared bait.
NAVARRO MILLS FAIR. Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 1.47’ low. Largemouth bass are slow but success is coming in deeper water with deep diving tackle. White bass are good in shallower water with multiple hooked baits. Crappie are fair in cooler spots with jigs. Channel catfish are good plus consistent on stinkbait and shrimp. Blue and flathead catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with sunfish.
O.H. IVIE FAIR. Water stained; 77–85 degrees; 8.87’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and crankbait. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad.
OAK CREEK FAIR. Water stained; 78–84 degrees; 1.20’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, and live and cut shad.
PALESTINE GOOD. Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.08’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters early, Carolina rigged worms, and crankbaits are successful during the day. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on shad.
POSSUM KINGDOM FAIR. Water clear; 79–88 degrees; 0.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, and crankbait. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs around cooler structure. White bass are good on live shad and Alabama rigs. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are good on live shad, minnows, and stinkbait.
RAY HUBBARD GOOD. Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 2.18” low. Largemouth bass are fair on medium depth crankbaits, spinners, and topwater poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RAY ROBERTS FAIR. Water stained: 86–89 degrees; 0.36’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina rigged worms and colder water crankbaits. White bass are slow on Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and stinkbait.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS FAIR TO GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.60’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwater poppers, plastic worms, and deeper diving crankbaits and spinners. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
SAM RAYBURN FAIR. Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.65’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits,soft plastic worms, and lizards. Some success with largemouth on top waters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait.
SOMERVILLE GOOD. Water stained; 82–88 degrees; 0.64’ high. Largemouth bass are good on bright colored plastic worms and deep–water reeling baits. Hybrid stripers are good on white striper jigs or with shad. White bass are fair with minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers, or stinkbait.
SPENCE FAIR. Water off color; 79–85 degrees; 34.86’ low. Largemouth bass are good on shad, Texas rigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and liver.
STAMFORD FAIR. Water stained to murky; 79–85 degrees; 0.82’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs and spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shad. Blue catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait pellets.
STILLHOUSE FAIR. Water murky; 82–87 degrees; 0.76’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rig, spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps in under than 10feet of water. White bass are slow, but Alabama rig has been successful. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Flathead catfish are slow.
TAWAKONI FAIR. Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.68’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on topwaters in the mornings/evenings and crankbaits during the day. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
TEXANA GOOD. Water stained; 79–86 degrees; 3.51’ low. Largemouth bass are good on most reeled baits, Texas rigs, and mid to deep crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and live bait.
TEXOMA GOOD. Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.15’ high. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait trotlines.
TOLEDO BEND FAIR. Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 6.74’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms and topwaters. Striped bass are fair on jigs. White bass are good on spoons. Sunfish are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, stinkbait, and chicken livers.
TRAVIS FAIR. Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 5.83’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted light–colored jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and prepped bait.
TYLER FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82–86 1.14’ low Largemouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shady spots. Catfish are good all stinkbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good with Rat–L–Traps following schools of bait fish.
WALTER E. LONG SLOW. Water stained. Largemouth bass are good on all reeled bass baits. Hybrid stripers are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on prepared baits.
WEATHERFORD FAIR. Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shakyhead worms, Texas rigged craws, and deeper reeled baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines with live bait.
WHITE RIVER FAIR. Water stained; 77–86 degrees; 21.10’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shakyheads, Texas rigs, and spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.
WHITNEY FAIR. Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 5.78’ low. Largemouth bass are picking up to fair on deep water baits. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits and with minnows. Crappie are fair over brush piles and structure. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN FAIR. Water stained to muddy; 82–89 degrees; 0.82 high. Largemouth bass are good with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on live bait.
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